Tips and Techniques

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Ideas to enhance your fall photos with the camera

ü  Most important – use a polarizer, this filter will deepen colors by reducing the glare and darken blue skies.

ü  Use a tripod or a flat surface to stabilize the camera.

ü  If your camera has ‘scene settings’ if you do not have scene setting try ‘program mode’ or ‘sunset’ mode.

ü  Adjust your camera compensation by -1/3 to -2/3 stops. This can be done with the compensation dial.

ü  Change your light balance from automatic to sunny or cloudy.

ü  Shooting on a cloudy or even a rainy day will enhance your color.

ü  It is all about light.

Tips for Photographing Snow:
Other than being cold there is one problem when photographing snow. The cameras metering system wants to make everything 18% grey. As a result the snow appears a muddy grey or dull white.
When shooting a predominantly white background, whether snow or white seamless paper the camera will automatically underexpose. In order to compensate you will have to add additional stops; ether by turning the compensation dial or with the camera on manual allow for more light by slowing the speed or opening the shutter, The following are some guide lines:
  • Snow with clear sunny skies +2 to 3EV
  • Snow with slight overcast +1 to 2EV
  • Snow with overcast or in open shade +2/3 to 1EV
Cold Weather Tips:
The cold spell last week brings to mind the special problem the cold presents. The first concern should be to protect exposed skin consider a ski mask to reduce the amount of skin exposed. This can also help to reduce moisture from your breath causing condensation on the camera. Protect the fingers. Handling a camera with bulky gloves makes it difficult to adjust the camera’s controls. You may layer gloves with the first layer being a pair of smooth insulated gloves and the top pair a pair of wool or a bulker, glove with the finger tips open. These gloves may found in some sporting stores as many of those who shoot guns prefer this type of glove. If you remove these gloves when taking a picture they should be attached to your clothes with a cord to keep them from falling into the snow. Try keeping a chemical heat pack in your coat pocket for a quick heat for your hands.
When I use to hunt there was nothing worse than cold feet. Unlike my hands which I could place inside my coat to warm I just had to bear cold feet. Even wearing well insulated boots feet can become damp with perspiration or deep snow coming in over the top of the boot. It is suggested to wear two pair of socks, also carry an additional pair of socks along with a small towel in a plastic bag to dry your feet before putting on the dry socks. (While on the subject of feet watch your step as where there is snow there is also ice).
The camera: The two main problems would be condensation and rapid battery change. Extreme temperature change causes condensation. To avoid place your camera in a plastic bag containing air that the camera is acclimatized to. The condensation forms on the bag not the camera. Don’t forget to seal the bag. Remember condensation can form inside the camera and damage or ruin the camera.
Batteries lose their charge more quickly in cold weather. When shooting in cold weather it is essential to carry an extra spare battery for all of your equipment. Lithium batteries may be a good choice as they are better at holding a charge in the cold. You can keep a spare battery in your pocket or other warm spot. Do not have your keys in your pocket, or cover the terminals to avoid burning. A plastic bag can be carried to protect the camera from rain or heavy moisture.